Lovelle (Johnson) Arnold, former Brainerd resident, died at 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in Summit, N.J., where she has lived since October 2010. She was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Morris, Minn., to Hans and Minnie Johnson. She graduated from Morris High School and while attending the University of Minnesota, met John Arnold whom she married on March 3, 1948. Early marriage years were spent living in Anchorage, Alaska, Tokyo, Japan, and Minneapolis. They resided in Brainerd from 1957 until 2000 when they moved to Delray Beach, Fla., permanently.
Mrs. Arnold is survived by sons Jack (Lise), of Hurley, N.Y., Craig (Sarah), of Summit, N.J., David (Meleah), of Conway, Ark., and Jim, of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Peter, Daniel, David Jr. and Taylor; and one nephew, Gary (Sylvia) Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Hans and Minnie Johnson; and brothers, Clifford and Russell Johnson; and sisters-in-law, Elnora and Ceil.
Prior to the birth of four sons, Lovelle was devoted to secretarial positions in Minnesota, Alaska and Japan. While living in Tokyo, she was personal secretary to Jean MacArthur, wife of General Douglas MacArthur, during the occupation of Japan following World War II.
While living in Brainerd, Mrs. Arnold was an active member of First Congregational Church as well as Brainerd Service League and St. Joseph’s Medical Center auxiliary. Her memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Delray Beach with burial in the church Memorial Garden. Memorials in her honor may be given to First Congregational Church of Brainerd, Minn.
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